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Where can you find wood ducks by the hundreds?

Wood duck males are among the most colorful of North American waterfowl.  (Dan Pelle)
Wood duck males are among the most colorful of North American waterfowl. (Dan Pelle)

WATERFOWLING — Some North Idaho hunter cried fowl when their duck hunting season opened a week later than usual, giving wood ducks and teal another week to get out of the area unscathed.

However, I found a wood duck bonanza today Wednesday while waterfowl hunting and tourng Ducks Unlimited wetland conservation projects near the Tri Cities.

Hundreds of wood ducks poured in to the Wallula Unit habitat area at the mouth of the Walla Walla River.  I'm talking about a flight of perhaps 500 woodies that dropped into the area in just a few minutes.

Even the DU habitat biologist I was with said it was an outstanding sight to behold.




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